FBI reopening probe into Broadwell’s access to classified documents

posted at 8:01 am on November 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

At first the FBI probed the e-mails of Paula Broadwell and CIA Director David Petraeus from a suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment.  They then dropped the probe after determining that the biographer of Petraeus had a personal relationship with him, even though they discovered that Broadwell had classified documents on her computer.  After the entire probe went public and forced Petraeus to resign, FBI agents suddenly conducted a seizure of materials from Broadwell’s home — which the Washington Post reports comes from a belated curiosity into her possession of those classified documents:

The FBI is making a new push to determine how a woman who had an affair with retired Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was CIA director obtained classified files, part of an expanding series of investigations in a scandal that also threatens the career of the United States’ top military commander in Afghanistan.

Senior law enforcement officials said that a late-night seizure on Monday of boxes of material from the North Carolina home of Paula Broadwell, a Petraeus biographer whose affair with him led to his resignation last week, marks a renewed focus by investigators on sensitive material found in her possession.

“The issue of national security is still on the table,” one U.S. law enforcement official said. Both Petraeus and Broadwell have denied to investigators that he was the source of any classified information, officials said.

It is?  That’s odd to hear, especially since law-enforcement officials appeared to make it plain earlier in this scandal that no charges would be forthcoming.  The Post is rather surprised to hear this, too:

The surprise move by the FBI follows assertions by U.S. officials that the investigation had turned up no evidence of a security breach — a factor that was cited as a reason the Justice Department did not notify the White House before last week that the CIA director had been ensnared in an e-mail inquiry.

If the investigation got reopened, one has to question the reasons for the renewal of interest.  Was it because of the rising criticism of the FBI’s investigation itself, which appears to have been prompted by a personal connection to a rival of Broadwell’s within the agency?  Or perhaps the new focus on Broadwell might be a way to look for ex post facto vindication after questions about the FBI’s methods of perusing personal e-mails have come to the fore?  And if this investigation hasnot been restarted but has continued all along with an eye toward national-security breaches, why didn’t the Department of Justice notify the White House right away?

On the other hand, maybe the FBI just wants a sneak peak at Broadwell’s next book project:

Former CIA Director David Petraeus’ mistress, who wrote a biography about the top Army general, openly bragged about future projects with Petraeus as recently as October, Fox News has learned, despite a former Petraeus spokesman’s public insistence that the affair had ended four months ago. …

Fox News’ source attended a dinner Oct. 27 at the Washington Ritz-Carlton, where Broadwell was talking up the future projects.

“She said that they had two book ideas they were pursuing, and they hoped to publish again sometime in the next two years,” Fox News’ source said.

Bear in mind that this came after the first round of FBI interviews in their initial probe.  By the following week, the FBI would interview Broadwell again and determine that Broadwell had classified data on her computer — but oddly conclude that there wasn’t enough reason to tell the White House that the CIA Director’s mistress had possession of these documents.  That doesn’t make a lot of sense, which is something that can be said about this entire sex scandal, especially in relation to the Benghazi terrorist attack to which it is connected, at least by circumstance.


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Somehow I’m expecting an college trip to Pakistan to enter into this news story.

Oil Can on November 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Benghazi must still be in the air.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM

— but oddly conclude that there wasn’t enough reason to tell the White House that the CIA Director’s mistress had possession of these documents.

Obama is so smart..
There would be no reason to inform the Prez…
I mean…
Letterman..
Jay-Z
The View…..

Why ruin his day?

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

I’m convinced this “scandal” is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to avoid the very serious questions about just what was going on in Benghazi. We have a series of blatant cover-ups including lies by SecState, SecDef, the UN Ambassador, the CIA Director, and the POTUS.

Patraeus was the designated scapegoat and the MSM has been going on this false trail like the idiots they are. Not that they were all that interested in finding the truth out about Benghazi in the first place.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Idiots

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Why ruin his day?

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Because he is, after all, the Preezy of the Skeezy. It’s his damn job! What the rat-eared wonder presumably did not know only adds to the many questions that should be answered about this scandal. And yes, I think it time to call it a scandal.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM

+1 happy nomad

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Petraeus…….hows it feel to be Palinized?

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Did you hear that Patraeus is in the new Call of Duty video game? Send 20,000 e-mails to unlock secret areas of the game.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM

They then dropped the probe after determining that the biographer of Petraeus had a personal relationship with him, even though they discovered that Broadwell had classified documents on her computer.

They got what they were looking for – dirt on Petraeus. It was little to do with national security – until it went public.

forest on November 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

This is insane. Years ago a family friend only read a classified document that was given to him by the Defense Department BY MISTAKE. It ruined his life and he damn near went to jail.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

This is insane. Years ago a family friend only read a classified document that was given to him by the Defense Department BY MISTAKE. It ruined his life and he damn near went to jail.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM

But was he setting up a convenient diversionary “issue” to protect a bunch of high-level Democrats guilty of weeks of lying to the American public?

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

the benghazi truther movement is out in force today.

sesquipedalian on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

FBI reopening probe into Broadwell’s access to classified documents

titled, “Balls Deep”

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

the benghazi truther movement is out in force today.

sesquipedalian on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Just bumps in the road.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM

And if this investigation hasnot been restarted but has continued all along with an eye toward national-security breaches, why didn’t the Department of Justice notify the White House right away?

and, if the FBI was so damned concern with national security breaches, why in the heck was the Benghazi consulate and CIA annex left littered with intel, the Ambassador’s journal, and other sensitive materials of national security importance?

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

But was he setting up a convenient diversionary “issue” to protect a bunch of high-level Democrats guilty of weeks of lying to the American public?

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

If the poor guy is still alive he is probably banging his head on a desk somewhere. My father became an unindicted co-conspirator to be able to testify in his defense. Lots of people read it but he’s the one who took the fall.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Lies, damn lies, and the Marxist.

bgibbs1000 on November 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

The enemies of this country have to be watching this sordid mess and laughing their little terrorist heads off!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

On the other hand, maybe the FBI just wants a sneak peak at Broadwell’s next book project:

Now this, and this alone, is a valid concern. Particularly in the wake of Mark Owen’s book “No Easy Day.” Folks with insider security access are not to parlay them into book deals.

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM

how did this become about an old man’s pathetic Wang instead of four dead Americans?

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM

the benghazi truther movement is out in force today.

sesquipedalian on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

You really are a flipping azzh#le.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The enemies of this country have to be watching this sordid mess and laughing their little terrorist heads off!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

7+ hours of terror on Americans and others in Benghazi..
And they got away with it..
What more can I get away with it their next thought.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

The enemies of this country have to be watching this sordid mess and laughing their little terrorist heads off!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

But the president said they were “on the run”.

forest on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

titled, “Balls Deep”

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Even better!

:)

Shy Guy on November 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

It’ll be interesting to see how the boy king handles questions about all this at his speech and presser today, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets lumped into the “ongoing investigation” category.

BettyRuth on November 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

But the president said they were “on the run”.

forest on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

The rat-eared wonder also said:

That if we liked our health plan we could keep it.

The private sector is doing fine.

You didn’t build that.

The Benghazi attack was over a YouTube video, thus justifying the imprisonment of a man to satisfy the Muslim animals he wants to impress.

Need I go on? The man is even more of a serial liar than Bill Clinton.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

But the president said they were “on the run”.

forest on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

The media drooled over Obama’s comment about the killing of Osama..
“That was the longest 40 minutes of my life” Obama said about being in the Situation room.

7+ hours people endured terror in Benghazi..
Not minutes..but hours..

Nighty night Obama.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

“Tax the rich…Don’t touch my benefits”

Good times.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I’m still waiting for the Situation room pic of the Benghazi attack…

funny the Hurricane Sandy photo seemed like it came out before the storm even hit

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I watched Dr K last night make these statements. I thougt he was spot on.

esr1951 on November 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

It is a surefire bet that somewhere in LA, screenplay writers for porno films are watching this whole mess unfold and scribbling notes on their cocktail napkins as new ideas for future “epics” unfold in their perverted little minds.

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

funny the Hurricane Sandy photo seemed like it came out before the storm even hit

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Same with the apology of a YouTube video from our Embassy in Cairo.

I think it took about 3 days for the ME to finally listen to the press and riot over this video.
For real..this time.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I watched Dr K last night make these statements. I thougt he was spot on.

esr1951 on November 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I did too. From now on when I hear Obama say he was “surprised and didn’t know”, it’s a sure bet he’s trying to keep his halo clean.

BettyRuth on November 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Is impeachment of Obama on the horizon at all?

Sparky5253 on November 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

BettyRuth on November 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I never ceases to amaze me how little Obama actually knows. Maybe someone will bring this up at today’s presser. Ha.

esr1951 on November 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Press conference will be dear leader not budging and will place the blame on the gop should nothing get done

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Said elsewhere…

One or both of these women may be a spy.
Kelley is of ME extraction and seems to be drawn to like the mystique of the upper echelons of military power.
Broadwell seems to be narcissistically inclined. After all, she’s got TS/SCI “and then some” clearance. I ask for what? What’s her need to know with regard to the DCI?
Twenty years ago, the KGB would have been very interested in either of them as a source. Perhaps they are today. What about other intel agencies like Pak’s ISI?
This is more than a sex scandal. If it’s not about Benghazi, then maybe it’s about a foreign power compromising the DCI.

freedomfirst on November 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

freedomfirst on November 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Press conference will be dear leader not budging and will place the blame on the gop should nothing get done

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Dictator Obama don’t need no stinkin’ Congress.

[Cheering media and fainting Obamabots in the background]

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM

7+ hours of terror on Americans and others in Benghazi..
And they got away with it..
What more can I get away with it their next thought.

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hey now. Obama promised that he’d bring those responsible to justice. Of course he may have just meant that filmmaker who was sentenced to a year in prison.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Yepper EG

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Dear Leader: It is offensive for anyone to think this is in any way related to Benghazi….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I have no clue what is truly going on and I don’t have any theories, but something just doesn’t seem right about all of this. The more intricate and sensational details that get pushed out to the public about this, the more red flags go up in my mind. Don’t people realize that the more convoluted a story becomes, the more likely it is that it’s either a lie or a distraction?

MobileVideoEngineer on November 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Is it possible that Petraeus gave Broadwell classified information as a form of “insurance”? He knows he’s being investigated and knows that the administration has enough on him to come after him and destroy him if he doesn’t play along with them at some point in the future. Aside from the sexual entanglement with Broadwell, she’s a confidante, a fellow West Point alumnus, and a military intelligence officer…he trusts her. So Petraeus gives her the information with a “Hold on to this, when they come after me – and they will, it will come in useful”. Call me crazy if you want, but what other reason is there?

Trafalgar on November 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Hey now. Obama promised that he’d bring those responsible to justice. Of course he may have just meant that filmmaker who was sentenced to a year in prison.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

And Hillary said to one of the Dads of our fallen Heroes..

“We will find this movie producer and arrest him”
or something like that..

Nothing to see here now…

the benghazi truther movement is out in force today.

sesquipedalian on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

seriously, if we’re sending filmmakers to jail, why is the guy who made Hamlet 2 still walking free? Sure, it was hilarious, but very offensive to bible clingers.

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Is impeachment of Obama on the horizon at all?

Sparky5253 on November 14, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Now there’s a question that should be asked at today’s presser-

Mr. President, if it is determined that your administration engaged in weeks of cover-up and outright lies about Benghazi, why shouldn’t you be impeached by Congress.

The reality is that the presser is nothing more than an excuse to mention that he will absolutely not sign anything that isn’t a balanced approach and if we go off the fiscal cliff it is because the GOP’s protection of people making over those billionaires (defined as anybody making over $200,000). This is the rat-eared wonder’s way of trying to force public opinion and get the GOP to cave.

I say they don’t and let us go over that cliff because this one tired riff is all the filthy bastard has offered up in the way of a plan. He needs to work with Congress if anything is to be done. Let him bring some suggestions to the table instead of simply demonizing the GOP. Until he does….. Well, think about the ending of Thelma and Louise.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Petraeus…….hows it feel to be Palinized?

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

There is a world of difference. Petraeus made conscious choices that compromised his credibility. Palin was roasted by the media on all issues – some warranted, many not. But none of those had to do with her fidelity as a spouse.

Bradky on November 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

We’re all going down together folks.

States like Calif and NJ and all the rest that are incompetent to balance their budgets will just be bailed out by the federal government (and maybe even have a FEDERAL Administrator be put in charge of the states at some point).

The Amnesty bill is just a “TURN TEXAS BLUE” effort and will finally kill off the gop as a national party (since they are just a bunch of rollovers now).

And “scandals” like the Petraeus sex circus is just a shiny object for the media to focus on. Notice how you didn’t see the mainstream media hounds even report on this until sex was involved.


We are truly in a post-Constitutional America. I thought it was just hyperbole but now there are forces at work in this country to bring it down from within.

I guess a majority would rather have a warm teat on the Federal sow than have a land of opportunity.

TRULY Jeremiah Wright was correct……America’s Chickens came home……to woost.

Sad days in TEATERMERICA.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

the benghazi truther movement is out in force today.

sesquipedalian on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Heh, sure. It’s not ironic at all that a week of Bimbogate yields a couple of cougars, a couple of Generals, a couple of computers a couple thousand emails…and two MONTHS of Bengazi investigation yields , um, er, a couple of months!

socalcon on November 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

seriously, if we’re sending filmmakers to jail, why is the guy who made Hamlet 2 still walking free? Sure, it was hilarious, but very offensive to bible clingers.

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

“Men In Tights” ???

Mr. Brooks should hang :)

Electrongod on November 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

President Ladies’ Tee will blame the GOP today. The difference is I will blame the GOP as well. Not for the fiscal cliff, but for sheer idiocy in falling for the liberal media’s demographics vomit.

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

we’re men *Manly Men!*

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Petraeus…….hows it feel to be Palinized?

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

There is a world of difference. Petraeus made conscious choices that compromised his credibility. Palin was roasted by the media on all issues – some warranted, many not. But none of those had to do with her fidelity as a spouse.

Bradky on November 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Media treatment is going to be the same…..which was the point. Rightly or wrongly when the media starts hounding you and they sense no one to defend you…..you’re just chum in the water for the feeding frenzy.

Palin was left to twist in the wind (apparently) by the Romney supporters that worked for the McCain campaign. I don’t think she was prepared for the onslaught (the Charlie Gibson Professorial interview, the Katie Couric spin). Under the circumstances McCain should have resigned from the top of the ticket and let PALIN run the campaign. She was a pit bull but I guess she couldn’t take it anymore and she bailed on taking on Obama so here we are. But it’s 2012 not 2008 and it’s over and so is she.

It’s a different world now.

It’s TEATER time in America.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

famous movie line reminder for the Benghazi truthers re Petraeus
Paraphrased From Hallenbeck:
“Sure, sure, I know… it just happened. Coulda happened to anybody. It was an accident, right? You tripped, slipped on the floor and accidentally stuck your *&*& in my wife. “Whoops! I’m so sorry, Mrs. B. I guess this just isn’t my week. The Democrats made me do it.”

Bradky on November 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Breaking: Fox News is reporting that DP will voluntarily testify to the House and Senate committees…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Breaking: Fox News is reporting that DP will voluntarily testify to the House and Senate committees…

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Let’s hope he feels cornered enough that he tells all.

MobileVideoEngineer on November 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Lets’ see if I have this right:

1. General resigns and cannot testify / FBI investigation stopped.

2. General decides to testify / FBI investigation re-started.

Golly, I wish the spirit of Sherlock Holmes could come back to help us out with this one – it is so convoluted!

drunyan8315 on November 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Hey! Is Obama AWARE that the General is back under investigation…….or has no one told him yet?

GarandFan on November 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Meybbe they reopened the investigation because rock creek park is a favorite drop point for the KGB. Remember Al Aimes and Robert Hansen? Both double agents used rock creek to pass messages with the KGB. Et tu Paula? Just saying.

AH_C on November 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM